Because of this trend, sometimes even the actions taken by law enforcement can be absurd and it's often due to a misinterpretation of the facts. A case in point involves a driver who was involved in a serious altercation which caused him to act defensively and end up being adjudged as the assailant and not the victim.
In St. Louis recently, a driver found himself on a street facing a flash mob. He looked for options other than to go forward toward the crowd, fearing the angry crowd was intent on causing him physical harm. There were no other ways to go, he was hemmed in and there were no police in sight. He decided to just calmly move forward and try to go through the crowd as unobtrusively as possible. He quickly learned that this approach was a big mistake.
Members of the crowd were screaming at him, beating on his car and attempting to open the locked doors. They pounded the car and climbed on it, continually yelling ugly words at him and he was now fearful for his life. What was he supposed to do except try to escape?
Without reaching a high level of speed he moved a little faster and several of those hanging on the car fell into the street, suffering minor scrapes and perhaps bruises. He kept moving and as he separated himself by about a block from the crowd he was then stopped by a police officer. To his surprise, he was arrested and charged with a felony.
Once again, what was he supposed to do? Should he have stopped his car and gotten out, trying to reason with the mob? Of course not, for mobs take on a life of their own and when that happens all morality takes a vacation. I think anyone faced with this situation would have done the same things and I would hope, when the case is reviewed, that the charges will be dropped and common sense should prevail. And the mob, what about them? Well, they should be charged with obstructing traffic. Roadways are for travel, not to be used as a venue for more gang banger violence.
I only mention this today to highlight the slippery slope that we find ourselves in today and it all comes from the societal trend that anything goes. Some say "if it feels good, do it", yet we never take into consideration what that means to others who want no part of it and find their freedom adversely impacted.
Wake up, America. We are rapidly allowing ourselves to slide into chaos and anarchy and when this happens our very existence as a free society is at serious risk. Do you really want to live in "Mad Max's Thunderdome?" I, for one, do not.